It’s been quite a long time since I started photography. I love this work, it makes me happy, I meet tons of amazing people and watch heart-warming stories thanks to this activity. But playing around with idea of doing this full time, it has come with a couple of struggles. Which I would like to share with you and later to share how I am getting rid of those. If the time will come, of course, haha.
Get up early
Let’s start at the beginning of the whole process. Have you ever tried to get up early when you don’t actually have to leave the house? When there is nowhere to go to work? Or an appointment? Well, guess what. It is not as easy as it seems to be. At least not for me… during this season, when the sun is hidden above clouds and you are tired non-stop (let’s be honest, it’s always like that when spring starts) you just don’t want to get out of your bed before nine.
It’s much easier in summer, god knows why. Maybe it’s because of temperature, now one is still getting out from a nice warm bed to quite cold room, whereas in summer we’re dying out of warmness and early morning is the perfect time to do anything and feel good.
Now what helps is changing daily routine – going to bed earlier to have a good long-enough sleep as often as possible. Second helpers are few tricks to get yourself out of bed. But this will be on point in a future post. 🙂
Working till late at night
So as the start in the morning may be challenging, letting work be to go and have rest is sometimes hard as well. I always get so deep into what I am doing late in the afternoon or better in the evening. Then dinner is the only hero to save me from going to sleep right after closing laptop.
Sometimes it can be less easy than at an office to get yourself to focus right in the morning or after lunch. This makes us, usually, try to finish as much as possible in the evening, when one’s ready to think hard. But there also are some details that might help with this.
Other people who have no idea how working from home works
Most of all the people around you never tried working from home. Some of them think that you simply do nothing because you’re at home. And the rest of them don’t understand how is it possible that you don’t have space for them anytime they want to stop by.
People I live with used to be the biggest distraction for me. They simply think of anything they would like to discuss with you and they just would get in your work space and ask you. And they would want to chat. And you are too well behaved not to answer. That was the time when I just said “look, I’m at work. Act like I were in a different house, you’ll see when I’m back”. And bingo! Things have changed and I worked happily ever after. Point.
You don’t feel like you have to
On the other hand… there are days when you simply don’t want to. You don’t feel like working at all and the only thing you want to do is to stay in bed or get somewhere far away from your desk. When you work in an office you simply go to work anyway. When you work from home you can postpone the start for ever. There’s no one else to tell you when to start and when to finish. No one to tell good, take a day off or sorry, there’s too much to be done and Jim’s sick so you have to be here. You are the one responsible for things to be done no matter how much you do or do not want to.